Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero movie based on the DC Comics character Wonder Woman, distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures. It’s the fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe. The movie is directed by Patty Jenkins, with a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, from a story by Heinberg, Zack Snyder, and Jason Fuchs, and stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, alongside Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, and Elena Anaya. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Wonder Woman.
1. Wonder Woman is the second live action theatrical movie featuring the superhero character, following her debut in 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
2. In Wonder Woman, the story of Diana is told, who is the daughter of Hippolyta and grows up on the Amazon island of Themyscira. After American pilot and spy Steve Trevor crashes offshore of the island and is rescued by her, he tells the Amazons about the ongoing World War. Diana, thinking the war is caused by an old enemy of the Amazons, then leaves her home in order to end the conflict.
3. Wonder Woman is the 6th highest grossing superhero movie domestically and the 22nd highest grossing movie in the United States.
4. It grossed over $821 million worldwide, making it the 10th highest grossing movie of 2017.
5. Wonder Woman helped the DC Extended Universe push past $3 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the 14th highest grossing movie franchise of all time.
6. As of April, 2018, Rotten Tomatoes has listed the movie as number 2 on its list of the Best Superhero Movies of All Time.
7. The American Film Institute selected Wonder Woman as one of the top 10 Movies of the Year.
8. Wonder Woman received three nominations at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards, winning Best Action Movie.
9. Gal Gadot was a part of re-shoots for the movie, including stunts, while being five months pregnant. She was visibly pregnant so the crew created a costume which had a green screen around her belly, which was later removed during post-production.
10. The discussion in the boat about “the pleasures of the flesh” was improvised.
11. Gal Gadot trained for nine months to gain 17 pounds of muscle for the role.
12. The scenes of Themyscira were shot in Southern Italy, on the Amalfi Coast. Production designer Aline Bonetto said the location was perfect: “Italy had beautiful weather, a beautiful blue-green sea, not too much tide, not too much wave.”
13. Director Patty Jenkins was originally in talks with Warner Brothers to direct Wonder Woman back in 2005, but due to her unexpected pregnancy, she had to step down. Jenkins claimed that Wonder Woman is the movie she had been wanting to do her whole life and that she was fortunate to come back to it.
14. In the comics, Wonder Woman got the alias Diana Prince during World War II from a U.S. Army nurse who was very similar in appearance to her and from whom she bought her credentials and name. In the movie, while she is posing as Steve Trevor’s secretary, he interrupts her introduction of, “I am Diana, Princess of…”, and re-names her as Diana Prince.
15. Wonder Woman is the first female dominant superhero movie in 12 years, since Elektra.
16. Diana’s scenes in London are a homage to the 1978 Superman movie, where Superman encounters urban life for the first time.
17. In the movie, Wonder Woman’s tiara is an heirloom from Antiope. In both the comics and television series, it can be used as a weapon.
18. The scene where Diana eats ice cream for the first time and praises the vendor is an event from the New 52 DC Comics.
19. The role of Queen Hippolyta was offered to Nicole Kidman but she passed on the role. She wanted to be part of the movie because of Patty Jenkins, but scheduling conflicts with Big Little Lies prevented this. Kidman would later star in Aquaman as Queen Atlanna, mother of Aquaman.
20. Director Patty Jenkins is a big fan of the 1970s television series and wanted Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner, who played Diana and Steve in that series, to make cameo appearances in the movie. Unfortunately, Lyle retired from acting in 2005 and while Lynda was active, she had conflicting schedule about her cabarets.
21. The movie features Diana Prince, the original Wonder Woman, and Artemis and Orana, who briefly held the title of Wonder Woman in the comics. The actresses who played them, Gal Gadot, Ann Wolfe and Mayling Ng, were all trained in martial arts.
22. Steve Trevor sarcastically refers to Diana’s island home of Themyscira as “Paradise Island.” This was the original name for the island in the 1940s comics and the 1970s live action television series. In the 1980s, the island received a formal Greek name, Themyscira, in George Perez’ stories featuring an updated and revamped Wonder Woman.
23. Wonder Woman is the first female directed live action movie to have more than a $100 million budget.
24. The picture of Wonder Woman, Steve Trevor and the rest of their team in Belgium is the same picture in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
25. In the modern era, Diana is wearing a red turtleneck and ponytail. This is much similar to Diana’s civilian attire in the second and third seasons of the 1970s television series.
26. In Wonder Woman, Diana is always wearing her Amazonian clothing whenever she is wearing other dresses over it. There are no transformation scenes in this production.
27. A role was offered to Cate Blanchett, but she turned it down. She would later take the role of Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.
28. Wonder Woman is the first movie in Gal Gadot’s acting career in which she received top billing.
29. Cobie Smulders was briefly considered for the role of Wonder Woman. Smulders went on to voice the character in The Lego Movie and also appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Agent Maria Hill.
30. Liam Hemsworth and Alexander Skarsgard were considered for the role of Steve Trevor. Liam Hemsworth’s brother, Chris Hemsworth, and Alexander Skarsgad’s father, Stellan Skarsgard, are part of Marvel’s Thor movies.